Voters guide labels gubernatorial candidate Ehrlich as a Democrat
League of Women Voters says the won't pull 70,000 copies already in circulation
A voters guide published by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County has misidentified Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. as a Democrat.
The 28-page guide, published earlier this month, includes information on the qualifications and positions of state and local candidates.
The league corrected the guide on its website but does not plan to remove 70,000 print copies of the publication in circulation at Montgomery County libraries, government offices and retail locations, co-president Diane Hibino said Monday morning.
"It's not feasible for us to pull of those," Hibino said. "I think part of it is not fair to other candidates."
It costs roughly $11,000 to print the guides, she said.
The league issued a letter to the editor of The Gazette, apologizing for the mistake.
"Mainly [it] has been the O'Malley campaign that has contacted us as well as our readers," Hibino said. "We have been getting phone calls and e-mails almost daily."
Ehrlich's campaign spokesman Andy Barth said the former governor wasn't especially concerned about the slip-up.
"It's an innocent mistake, we're sure," Barth said. "People know very well Gov. Ehrlich is a Republican, and we are confident people will sort it out."
O'Malley campaign spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said the correction and apology are appreciated and that it is important to get the word out about the mistake. "The fact of the matter is Bob Ehrlich is no Democrat."